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December

NOTICES DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR, Bureau of Indian Affairs (12/30/05)

Information Collection for Part 13, Tribal Reassumption of Jurisdiction Over Child Custody Proceedings, Friday, December 30, 2005, 70 FR 77423-02, (PDF) 2005 WL 3554291

SUMMARY: In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 this notice announces that the Bureau of Indian Affairs is seeking to extend clearance for an information collection request. The information collection, Tribal Reassumption of Jurisdiction Over Child Custody Proceedings, is cleared under OMB Control Number 1076-0112. Interested parties are invited to comment on this collection.

NOTICES DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, Indian Health Service (12/30/05)

Privacy Act System of Records, Friday, December 30, 2005, 70 FR 77405-01, (PDF) 2005 WL 3554261

SUMMARY: Pursuant to the provisions of the Privacy Act of 1974, as amended, 5 U.S.C. 552a(e)(4), the IHS has amended and is publishing the proposed alteration of a system of records, System No. 09-17-0001, "Medical, Health and Billing Records." The amended and altered system of records makes only administrative edits and revisions as necessary.

NOTICES DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR, Bureau of Indian Affairs (12/29/05)

Public Comment About Congressionally Mandated Study of Energy Rights-of-Way on Tribal Lands, Thursday, December 29, 2005, 70 FR 77178-01, (PDF) 2005 WL 3542300

SUMMARY: Section 1813 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (Pub. L. 109-58) requires the Department of the Interior (DOI) and Department of Energy to provide Congress with a study regarding energy rights-of-way on tribal lands. The study is due to Congress by August 7, 2006. The Departments are interested in receiving comments from the public about how to proceed with implementing section 1813.

NOTICES DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES (12/21/05)

Administration for Children and Families Native American Programs Wednesday, December 21, 2005, 70 FR 75821-03, (PDF) 2005 WL 3477208

SUMMARY: Pursuant to section 814 of the Native American Programs Act of 1974  (the Act) as amended by 42 U.S.C. 2991 et seq., ANA herein describes its issuance of final interpretive rules, general statements of policy and rules of agency procedure or practice in relation to the Social and Economic Development Strategies (SEDS), Native Language Preservation and Maintenance (hereinafter referred to as Native Language), Environmental Regulatory Enhancement (hereinafter referred to as Environmental), Environmental Mitigation (hereinafter referred to as Mitigation) programs and any Special Initiatives. Under the statute, ANA is required to provide members of the public an opportunity to comment on proposed changes in interpretive rules, statements of general policy and rules of agency procedure or practice and to give notice of the final adoption of such changes at least thirty (30) days before the changes become effective. The notice also provides additional information about ANA's plan for administering the programs.

NOTICES ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY (12/15/05)

Safe Drinking Water Act Determination; Underground Injection Control Program, Determination of Indian Country Status for Purposes of Underground Injection Control Program Permitting, Thursday, December 15, 2005, 70 FR 74318-01, (PDF) 2005 WL 3429666

SUMMARY: On November 2, 2005, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a notice of prospective determination of the Indian country status of approximately 160 acres of land located in the southeast portion of Section 8, Township 16N, Range 16W, in the State of New Mexico (70 FR 66402). That notice requests public input regarding whether the Section 8 land is part of a dependent Indian community under 18 U.S.C. 1151(b) and, thus, considered to be "Indian country." This determination is necessary in order to establish whether EPA or the New Mexico Environment Department is the appropriate agency to issue a particular underground injection control permit under the Safe Drinking Water Act.

NOTICES DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH and HUMAN SERVICES, Indian Health Service (12/15/05)

Tribal Self-Governance Program; Negotiation Cooperative Agreement; New Funding Cycle for Fiscal Year 2006, Thursday, December 15, 2005, 70 FR 74325-02, (PDF) 2005 WL 3429675 (F.R.)

SUMMARY: The purpose of the program is to award cooperative agreements that provide negotiation resources to Tribes interested in participating in the Tribal Self-Governance Program (TSGP) as authorized by Title V, Tribal Self-Governance Amendments of 2000 of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act of Public Law (Pub. L.) 93-638, as amended. The TSGP is designed to promote self-determination by allowing Tribes to assume more control of Indian Health Service (IHS) programs and services through compacts negotiated with the IHS. The Negotiation Cooperative Agreement provides Tribes with funds to help cover the expenses involved in preparing for and negotiating with the IHS and assists eligible Indian Tribes to prepare for Compacts and Funding Agreements (FAs) with an effective date of October 1, 2006, or January 1, 2007.

NOTICES DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR, Bureau of Indian Affairs (12/09/05)

Public Meetings on Development of Proposed Regulations Governing Tribal Energy Resource Agreements, Friday, December 9, 2005, 70 FR 73257-01, (PDF) 2005 WL 3322632 (F.R.)

SUMMARY: In accordance with Title V, Section 504 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 and Executive Order 13175, the Department of the Interior (DOI), Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development, seeks to consult on the development of proposed regulations to govern Tribal Energy Resource Agreements. We invite public comments at one or more of a series of meetings between January 9 and 19, 2006.

NOTICES DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR, Bureau of Indian Affairs (12/08/05)

Notice of Deadline for Submitting Completed Applications To Begin Participation in the Tribal Self-Governance Program in Fiscal Year 2007 or Calendar Year 2007, Thursday, December 8, 2005, 70 FR 73023-02, (PDF) 2005 WL 3309169 (F.R.)

SUMMARY: In this notice, the Office of Self-Governance (OSG) establishes a March 1, 2006, deadline for tribes/consortia to submit completed applications to begin participation in the tribal self-governance program in fiscal year 2007 or calendar year 2007.

NOTICES DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, Indian Health Service (12/06/05)

Albuquerque Area Office (GFC), Organization, Functions, and Delegations of Authority, Tuesday, December 6, 2005, 70 FR 72642-01, (PDF) 2005 WL 3279186 (F.R.)

SUMMARY: By specific delegation from the Director, Indian Health Service (IHS), the Office of the Area Director, plans, develops, directs and evaluates the area's activities within the framework of IHS policy in pursuit of the IHS mission by: (1) Assuring professional fiscal accountability at all levels within the Albuquerque Area and maximization of revenue generation; (2) assuring all product and service quality is routinely evaluated, with supporting documentation of continuous monitoring and performance improvement; (3) assuring the public health by continuous improvement in preventive activities; and (4) fostering and expecting, accepting no less than maximum effort, in communication and collaboration efforts with IHS and non-IHS sources and sources all within the legal framework of the Agency.

November

PROPOSED RULES DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR, Bureau of Indian Affairs (11/25/05)

Indian Entities Recognized and Eligible To Receive Services From the United States Bureau of Indian Affairs, Friday, November 25, 2005, 70 FR 71194-01, (PDF) 2005 WL 3127155 (F.R.)

SUMMARY: This notice publishes the current list of 561 tribal entities recognized and eligible for funding and services from the Bureau of Indian Affairs by virtue of their status as Indian tribes. The list is updated from the notice published on December 5, 2003 (68 FR 68180).

PROPOSED RULES DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR, Bureau of Indian Affairs (11/17/05)

Proposed Finding Against Federal Acknowledgment of the St. Francis/Sokoki Band of Abenakis of Vermont, Thursday, November 17, 2005, 70 FR 69776-01, (PDF) 2005 WL 3067648 (F.R.)

SUMMARY: Pursuant to 25 CFR 83.10(h), notice is hereby given that the Assistant Secretary--Indian Affairs (AS-IA), proposes to determine that the St. Francis/Sokoki Band of Abenakis of Vermont, P.O. Box 276, Swanton, Vermont, c/o Ms. April Merrill, is not an Indian tribe within the meaning of Federal law. This notice is based on a determination that the petitioner does not satisfy criteria 83.7(a), 83.7(b), 83.7(c) and 83.7(e), and thus, does not meet the requirements for a government-to-government relationship with the United States.

PROPOSED RULES DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR, National Indian Gaming Commission, 25 CFR Part 542 (11/15/05)

Minimum Internal Control Standards, Tuesday, November 15, 2005, 70 FR 69293-01, (PDF) 2005 WL 3038118 (F.R.)

SUMMARY: In response to the inherent risks of gaming enterprises and the resulting need for effective internal controls in Tribal gaming operations, the National Indian Gaming Commission (Commission or NIGC) first developed Minimum Internal Control Standards (MICS) for Indian gaming in 1999, which have subsequently been revised. The Commission recognized from the outset that periodic technical adjustments and revisions would be necessary in order to keep the MICS effective in protecting Tribal gaming assets and the interests of Tribal stakeholders and the gaming public. To that end, the following proposed rule revisions contain certain proposed corrections and revisions to the Commission's existing MICS, which are necessary to clarify, improve, and update other existing MICS provisions. The purpose of these proposed MICS revisions is to address apparent shortcomings in the MICS and various changes in Tribal gaming technology and methods.

NOTICES DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, Indian Health Service (11/8/05)

Proposed Collection: Indian Health Service Background Investigations of Individuals in Positions Involving Regular Contact With or Control Over Indian Children OPM--306 Request for Public Comment: 30-Day Notice, Tuesday, November 8, 2005, 70 FR 67725-02, (PDF) 2005 WL 2977252 (F.R.)

SUMMARY: In compliance with section 3507(a)(1)(D) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, for opportunity for public comment on proposed information collection projects, the Indian Health Service (IHS) has submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) a request to review and approve the information collection listed below. This proposed information collection project was published in the August 3, 2005, Federal Register (70 51826) and allowed 60 days for public comment. No public comment was received in response to the notice. The purpose of this notice is to allow 30 days for public comment to be submitted to OMB.

NOTICES NATIONAL INDIAN GAMING COMMISSION (11/4/05)

Fee Rates, Friday, November 4, 2005, 70 FR 67201-01, (PDF) 2005 WL 2888125 (F.R.)

SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given, pursuant to 25 CFR 514.1(a)(3), that the National Indian Gaming Commission has adopted final annual fee rates of 0.00% for tier 1 and 0.053% (.00053) for tier 2 for calendar year 2005. These rates shall apply to all assessable gross revenues from each gaming operation under the jurisdiction of the Commission. If a tribe has a certificate of self-regulation under 25 CFR part 518, the final fee rate on class II revenues for calendar year 2005 shall be one-half of the annual fee rate, which is 0.0265% (.000265)

NOTICES ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY (11/1/05)

Safe Drinking Water Act Determination; Underground Injection Control Program Determination of Indian Country Status for Purposes of Underground Injection Control Program Permitting, Wednesday, November 2, 2005, 70 FR 66402-01, (PDF) 2005 WL 2859488 (F.R.)

SUMMARY: EPA must determine whether any of the approximately 160 acres of land located in the southeast portion of Section 8, Township 16N, Range 16W, in the State of New Mexico, is part of a dependent Indian community under 18 U.S.C. 1151(b) and, thus, considered to be "Indian country." This determination is necessary in order to establish whether EPA or the New Mexico Environment Department is the appropriate agency to issue a particular underground injection control permit under the Safe Drinking Water Act. EPA is seeking comments and information from the public and all interested parties regarding the possible Indian country status of this land and is considering whether to hold a public hearing on the matter.

NOTICES DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT (11/1/05)

Regulatory and Administrative Waivers Granted for Public and Indian Housing Programs To Assist With Recovery and Relief in Hurricane Rita Disaster Areas; and Additional Administrative Relief for Hurricane Katrina, Tuesday, November 1, 2005, 70 FR 66222-01, (PDF) 2005 WL 2847030 (F.R.)

SUMMARY: Similar to HUD's notice published on October 3, 2005, regarding administrative actions to bring relief to areas affected by Hurricane Katrina, this notice advises the public of HUD regulations and other administrative requirements governing HUD's Office of Public and Indian Housing (PIH) programs that have been waived in order to facilitate the delivery of safe and decent housing under these programs to families and individuals who have been displaced from their housing by Hurricane Rita. Entities that administer PIH programs, which include public housing agencies (PHAs), Indian and tribally designated housing entities (TDHEs), and local and tribal governments, and are located in an area declared by the President to be a federal disaster area as a result of Hurricane Rita, may defer compliance with the regulations and other requirements listed in this notice for an initial period of 12 months or such other period as may be specified in this notice. PIH program administrators that are not located in a disaster area but assisting with Hurricane Rita recovery and relief may request waiver of the regulations and administrative requirements listed in this notice, and HUD review and response is available through an expedited waiver request and response process. PIH program administrators, located in an area declared a federal disaster area as a result of Hurricane Rita, or PIH program administrators not located in such an area but assisting with Hurricane Rita relief and recovery efforts, may request waiver of a regulation or other administrative requirement through the expedited waiver process provided in this notice.

October

NOTICES DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, Administration for Children and Families (10/28/05)

Notice of public comment on the Tribal Consultation Session to be held on December 6, 2005, Friday, October 28, 2005, 70 FR 62125-01, (PDF) 2005 WL 2802403 (F.R.)

SUMMARY: The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) will be holding a one-day Tribal Consultation Session on December 6, 2005, at the Wyndham Hotel (California Grand Ball Room) in Palm Springs, California.

NOTICES DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR, Bureau of Indian Affairs (10/19/05)

Notice of Revised Instructions for Preparing and Prioritizing Water Program Funding Requests, Wednesday, October 19, 2005, 70 FR 60846-01, (PDF) 2005 WL 2656217 (F.R.)

SUMMARY: The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) will implement revised procedures for preparing and prioritizing funding requests in order to improve the management of two water programs with non-recurring annual appropriations. The two programs are the Water Rights Negotiation/Litigation Program (Water Rights Program) and the Water Resources Management, Planning and Pre-development Program (Water Resources Program). These water programs support the long-term goals of assisting Indian tribes in confirming and defining water rights, resolving claims through negotiation or litigation, and promoting the prudent conservation, management and use of natural resources

PROPOSED RULES DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR, National Indian Gaming Commission, 25 CFR Part 517 (10/18/05)

Freedom of Information Act Procedures, Tuesday, October 18, 2005, 70 FR 60470-01, (PDF) 2005 WL 2646889 (F.R.)

SUMMARY: The purpose of this document is to propose to amend the procedures followed by the National Indian Gaming Commission (Commission) when processing a request under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), as amended so that the Commission will be in compliance with the provisions of the amendment.

NOTICES ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY (10/18/05)

Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) or Superfund, Section 128(a); Notice of Grant Funding Guidance for State and Tribal Response Programs, Tuesday, October 18, 2005, 70 FR 60512-01, (PDF) 2005 WL 2646761 (F.R.)

SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will begin to accept requests, from December 1, 2005 through January 31, 2006, for grants to supplement State and Tribal Response Programs. This notice provides guidance on eligibility for funding, use of funding, grant mechanisms and process for awarding funding, the allocation system for distribution of funding, and terms and reporting under these grants. EPA has consulted with state and tribal officials in developing this guidance.

NOTICES DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR, Bureau of Indian Affairs (10/14/05)

Reconsidered Final Determination To Decline To Acknowledge the Schaghticoke, Friday, October 14, 2005, 70 FR 60101-01, (PDF) 2005 WL 2571546 (F.R.)

SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that the Associate Deputy Secretary has determined that the Schaghticoke Tribal Nation (STN) does not satisfy all seven criteria for acknowledgment as an Indian tribe in 25 CFR 83.7. Upon the date of publication of this notice, pursuant to 25 CFR 83.11(h)(3), the Reconsidered Final Determination (RFD) is final and effective for the Department of the Interior (Department).

NOTICES DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR, Bureau of Indian Affairs (10/14/05)

Reconsidered Final Determination To Decline To Acknowledge the Eastern Pequot Indians of Connecticut and the Paucatuck Eastern Pequot Indians of Connecticut, Friday, October 14, 2005, 70 FR 60099-01, (PDF) 2005 WL 2571545 (F.R.)

SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that the Associate Deputy Secretary (ADS) has determined that the Eastern Pequot Indians of Connecticut and the Paucatuck Eastern Pequot Indians of Connecticut do not satisfy all seven criteria for acknowledgment as an Indian tribe in 25 CFR 83.7. This Reconsidered Final Determination (RFD) is final and effective upon the date of publication of this notice, pursuant to 25 CFR 83.11(h)(3).

NOTICES DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR, Bureau of Indian Affairs (10/13/05)

Advisory Board for Exceptional Children, Thursday, October 13, 2005, 70 FR 59770-01, (PDF) 2005 WL 2544206 (F.R.)

SUMMARY: In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, the Bureau of Indian Affairs announces that the Advisory Board for Exceptional Children will hold its next meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the impact of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act Amendments of 2004 on Indian children with disabilities.

NOTICES DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, Indian Health Service (10/11/05)

Proposed Information Collection: Final Rule To Implement Title V of the Tribal Self-Governance Amendments of 2000; Request for Public Comment: 30-Day Notice, Tuesday, October 11, 2005, 70 FR 59075-01, (PDF) 2005 WL 2492572 (F.R.)

SUMMARY: The Indian Health Service (IHS), as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, conducts a pre-clearance consultation program to provide the general public and Federal agencies with an opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing collections of information in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA95) (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)). This program helps to ensure that requested data can be provided in the desired format, reporting burden (time and financial resources) is minimized, collection instruments are clearly understood, and the impact of collection requirements on respondents can be properly assessed. As required by section 3507(a)(1)(D) of the Act, the proposed information collection has been submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval. The IHS received no comments in response to the 60-day Federal Register notice (70 FR 44663) published on August 3, 2005. The purpose of this notice is to allow an additional 30 days for public comment to be submitted directly to OMB.

NOTICES DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, Administration for Children and Families (10/4/05)

Notice of Public Comment on the Proposed Adoption of ANA Program Policies and Procedures, Wednesday, October 5, 2005, 70 FR 58226-01, (PDF) 2005 WL 2438220 (F.R.)

SUMMARY: Pursuant to section 814 of the Native American Programs Act of 1974 (the Act) as amended by 42 U.S.C. 2991b-1, ANA herein describes its proposed interpretive rules, general statement of policy and rules of agency procedure or practice in relation to the Social and Economic Development Strategies (SEDS), Native Language Preservation and Maintenance (hereinafter referred to as Native Language), Environmental Regulatory Enhancement (hereinafter referred to as Environmental) and Environmental Mitigation (hereinafter referred to as Mitigation) programs and any Special Initiatives. Under the statute, ANA is required to provide members of the public an opportunity to comment on proposed changes in interpretive rules, statements of general policy and rules of agency procedure or practice and to give notice of the final adoption of such changes at least thirty (30) days before the changes become effective. The notice also provides additional information about ANA's plan for administering the programs.

NOTICES DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR, Minerals Management Service (10/4/05)

Notice and Agenda for Meeting of the Royalty Policy Committee, Friday, October 4, 2005, 70 FR 57895-01, (PDF) 2005 WL 2427726 (F.R.)

SUMMARY: Agenda items for the third meeting of the Royalty Policy Committee (RPC) will include remarks from the Deputy Director, MMS, and the Associate Director, Minerals Revenue Management (MRM), as well as updates from the following subcommittees: Coal, Federal Oil and Gas Valuation, Oil and Gas Royalty Reporting, and Indian Oil Valuation. The RPC will also hear special reports on the Energy Policy Act of 2005, the Royalty in Kind Program, and the MRM Strategic Business Planning Initiative.

NOTICES DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR, Bureau of Indian Affairs (10/4/05)

Rate Adjustments for Indian Irrigation Projects, Friday, October 4, 2005, 70 FR 57889-01, (PDF) 2005 WL 2427723 (F.R.)

SUMMARY: The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) owns, or has an interest in, irrigation facilities located on various Indian reservations throughout the United States. We are required to establish rates to recover the costs to administer, operate, maintain, and rehabilitate those facilities. We request your comments on the proposed rate adjustments.

NOTICES DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR, National Park Service (10/7/05)

Consultation on regulations regarding the disposition of unclaimed Native American cultural items excavated or discovered on Federal or tribal lands after November 16, 1990, pursuant to provisions of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), Friday, October 7, 2005, 70 FR 58741-03, (PDF) 2005 WL 2463657 (F.R.)

SUMMARY: This notice announces three consultation meetings that will be held to obtain oral and written recommendations on regulations to be drafted regarding the disposition of unclaimed Native American cultural items that are excavated or discovered on Federal or tribal lands after November 16, 1990 [43 CFR 10.7].

RULES AND REGULATIONS DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR, Bureau of Indian Affairs, 25 CFR Part 161 (10/7/05)

Navajo Partitioned Lands Grazing Permits, Friday, October 7, 2005, 70 FR 58882-01, (PDF) 2005 WL 2463651 (F.R.)

SUMMARY: The Department of the Interior (Department), Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), is amending its regulations by adding a new part to govern the grazing of livestock on the Navajo Partitioned Land (NPL) of the Navajo-Hopi Former Joint Use Area (FJUA) of the 1882 Executive Order reservation. The purpose of this regulation is to conserve the rangelands of the NPL in order to maximize future use of the land for grazing and other purposes, while recognizing the importance of livestock in the Navajo way of life.

NOTICES DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT (10/3/05)

Regulatory and Administrative Waivers Granted for Public and Indian Housing Programs to Assist with Recovery and Relief in Hurricane Katrina Disaster Areas, Monday, October 3, 2005, 70 FR 57716-01, (PDF) 2005 WL 2407392 (F.R.)

SUMMARY: This notice advises the public of HUD regulations and other administrative requirements governing HUD's Office of Public and Indian Housing (PIH) programs that have been waived in order to facilitate the delivery of safe and decent housing under these programs to families and individuals who have been displaced from their housing by Hurricane Katrina. Entities that administer PIH programs, which include public housing agencies (PHAs), Indian and tribally designated housing entities (TDHEs), and local and tribal governments, and are located in an area declared by the President to be a federal disaster area as a result of Hurricane Katrina, may defer compliance with the regulations and other requirements listed in this notice for an initial period of 12 months or such other period as may be specified in this notice. PIH program administrators that are not located in a disaster area but assisting with Hurricane Katrina recovery and relief may request waiver of the regulations and administrative requirements listed in this notice, and HUD review and response is available through an expedited waiver request and response process. PIH program administrators, located in an area declared a federal disaster area as a result of Hurricane Katrina, or PIH program administrators not located in such an area but assisting with Hurricane Katrina relief and recovery efforts, may request waiver of a regulation or other administrative requirement through the expedited waiver process provided in this notice.

September

RULES AND REGULATIONS DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR, Office of the Secretary, 43 CFR Part 10 (09/30/05)

Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act Regulations, Friday, September 30, 2005, 70 FR 57177-01, (PDF) 2005 WL 2396150 (F.R.)

SUMMARY: The Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act of 1990 (the Act) assigns responsibility for implementation to the Secretary of the Interior. Secretarial Order 3261 assigns some of these responsibilities to other positions in the Department of the Interior and National Park Service. This technical amendment amends the rule to be consistent with the new assignment of responsibilities.

PROPOSED RULES DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR, Bureau of Indian Affairs, 25 CFR Part 61 (09/28/05)

Preparation of Rolls of Indians, Wednesday, September 28, 2005, 70 FR 56611-01, (PDF) 2005 WL 2367266 (F.R.)

SUMMARY: This document reopens the comment period for the proposed rule published on May 19, 2005, which opened the enrollment applications process for the Western Shoshone Identifiable Group of Indians.

NOTICES DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION (09/20/05)

Open Meeting of the National Advisory Council on Indian Education, Wednesday, September 21, 2005, 70 FR 55357-02, (PDF) 2005 WL 2289867 (F.R.)

SUMMARY: This notice sets forth the schedule and proposed agenda of an upcoming open meeting of the National Advisory Council on Indian Education (the Council) and is intended to notify the general public of their opportunity to attend. This notice also describes the functions of the Council. Notice of the Council meetings is required under Section 10(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act and by the Council's charter.

NOTICES DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, Indian Health Service (09/20/05)

National Indian Health Board, Tuesday, September 20, 2005, 70 FR 55145-02, (PDF) 2005 WL 2275628 (F.R.)

SUMMARY: The Indian Health Service (IHS) announces a supplement to the single-source cooperative agreement award to the National Indian Health Board (NIHB) for costs in providing advice and technical assistance to the IHS on behalf of federally recognized Tribes in the area of health care policy analysis and program development. The NIHB is a non-profit organization as described in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The mission of the IHS is to work in partnership with American Indian and Alaska Native people to raise their health to the highest level. Under the original cooperative agreement published in the Federal Register, 69 FR 11447, on March 10, 2004, the NIHB assists the IHS in carrying out its mission through access to a broad based consumer network involving the Areas Health Boards or Health Board representatives from each of the 12 IHS Areas. The NIHB communicates with these boards and with Tribes and Tribal organizations in order to raise health of AI/AN people to the highest level. NIHB also disseminates health care information which serves to improve and expand access for American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN) Tribal Governments to all available health programs in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The NIHB assists in the coordination of the Tribal consultation activities associated with formulating the IHS annual budget request.

RULES AND REGULATIONS ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY, 40 CFR Part 49 (09/16/05)

Announcement of the Delegation of Partial Administrative Authority for Implementation of Federal Implementation Plan for the Nez Perce Reservation to the Nez Perce Tribe, Friday, September 16, 2005, 70 FR 54638-01, (PDF) 2005 WL 2237292 (F.R.)

SUMMARY: This action announces that on June 27, 2005, EPA Region 10 and the Nez Perce Tribe entered into a Partial Delegation of Administrative Authority to carry out certain day-to-day activities associated with administration of the Federal Implementation Plan for the Nez Perce Reservation (Nez Perce FIP). A note of this partial delegation is being added to the Nez Perce FIP.

NOTICES DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR, Office of the Secretary (09/09/05)

List of Programs Eligible for Inclusion in Fiscal Year 2006 Funding Agreements To Be Negotiated With Self-Governance Tribes by Interior Bureaus Other Than the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Friday, September 9, 2005, 70 FR 53680-01, (PDF) 2005 WL 2169735 (F.R.)

SUMMARY: This notice lists programs or portions of programs that are eligible for inclusion in Fiscal Year 2006 funding agreements with self-governance tribes and lists programmatic targets for each of the non-BIA bureaus, pursuant to section 405(c)(4) of the Tribal Self-Governance Act.

NOTICES DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, Indian Health Service (09/09/05)

National Native American Emergency Medical Services Association, Friday, September 9, 2005, 70 FR 53672-02, (PDF) 2005 WL 2169721 (F.R.)

SUMMARY: The Indian Health Service (IHS) announces the award of a cooperative agreement that will be funded on a competitive continuing basis to the National Native American Emergency Medical Services Association (NNAEMSA) for a demonstration project to improve emergency medical services for Native American people by improving communications between the IHS and the Native American Emergency Medical Services (EMS) providers; by improving communications and information among other federal agencies, professional organizations and Native American EMS providers; and by supporting an Annual Educational Conference.

NOTICES DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR, Bureau of Indian Affairs (09/08/05)

Indian Reservation Roads Program Coordinating Committee, Wednesday, August 31, 2005, 70 FR 53379-02, (PDF) 2005 WL 2147655 (F.R.)

SUMMARY: The Secretary of the Interior is appointing tribal regional representatives to the Indian Reservation Roads (IRR) Program Coordinating Committee (Committee) as outlined under 25 CFR 170. The IRR final rules amending 25 CFR 170 include establishing a Committee to provide input and recommendations to the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) in developing IRR Program policies and procedures and to coordinate with and obtain input from tribes, BIA, and FHWA.

August

RULES AND REGULATIONS OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET, 2 CFR Part 225 (08/31/05)

Cost Principles for State, Local, and Indian Tribal Governments (OMB Circular A-87), Wednesday, August 31, 2005, 70 FR 51910-01, (PDF) 2005 WL 2084157 (F.R.)

SUMMARY: The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is relocating Circular A-87, "Cost Principles for State, Local, and Indian Tribal Governments," to Title 2 in the Code of Federal Regulations (2 CFR), Subtitle A, Chapter II, part 225 as part of an initiative to provide the public with a central location for Federal government policies on grants and other financial assistance and nonprocurement agreements. Consolidating the OMB guidance and co-locating the agency regulations provides a good foundation for streamlining and simplifying the policy framework for grants and agreements as part of the efforts to implement the Federal Financial Assistance Management Improvement Act of 1999 (Pub. L. 106-107).

NOTICES ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY (08/31/05)

Full Tribal Pesticide Program Council (TPPC); Notice of Public Meeting, Wednesday, August 31, 2005, 70 FR 51789-01, (PDF) 2005 WL 2084067 (F.R.)

SUMMARY: The Tribal Pesticide Program Council (TPPC) will hold a 2[frac12] -day meeting, beginning on September 13 and ending on September 15, 2005. This notice announces the location and times for the meeting, and sets forth the tentative agenda topics. One Tribal Caucus is scheduled each day.

NOTICES DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR, Office of the Secretary (08/29/05)

Final Decisions Regarding Self-Determination and Self-Governance Funding, Agreement Language on Fiduciary Trust Records Management, Monday, August 29, 2005, 70 FR 51081-02, (PDF) 2005 WL 2053186 (F.R.)

SUMMARY: This notice announces the final decision regarding Self-Determination and Self-Governance language to be negotiated into funding agreements for 2006 regarding fiduciary trust records management. The Federal Register notice published on February 2, 2005 (70 FR 5457) presented a proposed policy on fiduciary trust records management for Self-Determination (Title I) and Self-Governance (Title IV) Tribes/Consortia and language to be negotiated into 2006 Title I and Title IV funding agreements. The February 2, 2005, notice also announced three consultation meetings and an invitation to submit written comments on the proposed policy and funding agreement language.

PROPOSED RULES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE, Forest Service, 36 CFR Part 228 (08/26/05)

Onshore Oil and Gas Operations; Federal and Indian Oil and Gas Leases; Onshore Oil and Gas Order Number 1, Approval of Operations, Friday, August 26, 2005, 70 FR 50262-01, (PDF) 2005 WL 2042260 (F.R.)

SUMMARY: The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the U.S. Forest Service (FS) are extending by 60 days the public comment period for the proposed rule published in the Federal Register on July 27, 2005 (70 FR 43349). The proposed rule would revise existing Onshore Oil and Gas Order Number 1 (see 48 FR 48916 as amended at 48 FR 56226 (1983)). The Order provides the requirements necessary for the approval of all proposed oil and gas exploratory, development, or service wells on all Federal and Indian (except Osage Tribe) onshore oil and gas leases, including leases where the surface is managed by the FS. It also covers approvals necessary for subsequent well

RULES AND REGULATIONS NATIONAL INDIAN GAMING COMMISSION
25 CFR 542 (08/12/05)

Minimum Internal Control Standards, Friday, August 12, 2005, 70 FR 47097-01, (PDF) 2005 WL 1915712 (F.R.)

SUMMARY: In response to the inherent risks of gaming enterprises and the resulting need for effective internal controls in Tribal gaming operations, the National Indian Gaming Commission (Commission or NIGC) first developed Minimum Internal Control Standards (MICS) for Indian gaming in 1999, and then later revised them in 2002. The Commission recognized from the outset that periodic technical adjustments and revisions would be necessary in order to keep the MICS effective in protecting Tribal gaming assets and the interests of Tribal stakeholders and the gaming public. To that end, the following final rule revisions contain certain corrections and revisions to the Commission's existing MICS, which are necessary to clarify, improve, and update other existing MICS provisions. The purpose of these MICS revisions is to address apparent shortcomings in the MICS and various changes in Tribal gaming technology and methods. Public comment on these final MICS revisions was received by the Commission for a period of 48 days after the date of their publication in the Federal Register as a proposed rule on March 10, 2005.

NOTICES DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, Administration for Children and Families(08/08/05)

Administration for Native Americans, Tuesday, August 9, 2005, 70 FR 46180-02, (PDF) 2005 WL 1865179 (F.R.)

SUMMARY: The Administration for Native Americans (ANA) herein announces an urgent grant award to the Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians, Red Lake, Minnesota, in the amount of $311,400 for a project period of 24 months. This urgent grant award will assist the Tribe in mitigating the effects of the tragic events of the school shooting in March 2005 that resulted in the death of students, faculty and staff. The shooting marked the highest death toll in U.S. school shootings since the Columbine High School massacre in April 1999.

NOTICES DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR, Bureau of Indian Affairs (08/08/05)

Tribal Consultation on Indian Education Topics, Monday, August 8, 2005, 70 FR 45745-01, (PDF) 2005 WL 1859914 (F.R.)

SUMMARY: This notice announces that the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), Office of Indian Education Programs (OIEP), will be conducting consultation meetings to obtain oral and written comments on potential issues in Indian Education Programs. The potential issues will be set forth and described in a tribal consultation booklet to be issued prior to the meetings by the Office of Indian Education Programs. The proposed topics are: a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between the Department of the Interior and the Department of Education regarding education programs for BIA-funded schools, the proposed restructuring of the Office of Indian Education Programs, and a draft policy of the Office of Facilities Management and Construction establishing standards for "high risk" grantees seeking construction grants in excess of $100,000.

NOTICES DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR, Bureau of Indian Affairs (08/08/05)

Rate Adjustments for Indian Irrigation Projects, Monday, August 8, 2005, 70 FR 45740-01, (PDF) 2005 WL 1859913 (F.R.)

SUMMARY: The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) owns, or has an interest in, irrigation facilities located on various Indian reservations throughout the United States. We are required to establish rates to recover the costs to administer, operate, maintain, and rehabilitate those facilities. We are notifying you that we have adjusted the irrigation assessment rates at several of our irrigation facilities for operation and maintenance.

NOTICES DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, Indian Health Service (08/01/05)

Request for Public Comment: 60-Day Proposed Information Collection: Final Rule To Implement Title V of the Tribal Self-Governance Amendments of 2000, Wednesday, August 3, 2005, 70 FR 44663-01, (PDF) 2005 WL 1811267 (F.R.)

SUMMARY: The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, conducts a pre-clearance consultation program to provide the general public and Federal agencies with an opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing collections of information in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA95) (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)). This program helps to ensure that requested data can be provided in the desired format, reporting burden (time and financial resources) is minimized, collection instruments are clearly understood, and the impact of collection requirements on respondents can be properly assessed. Currently, the Indian Health Service (IHS) is providing a 60-day advance opportunity for public comment on a proposed extension of current information collection activity to be submitted to the Office of Management and Budget for review.

NOTICES ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY (08/01/05)

Tribal Educational Outreach on Lead Poisoning and Baseline Assessment of Tribal Children's Existing and Potential Exposure and Risks Associated With Lead; Notice of Availability and Extension, Monday, August 1, 2005, 70 FR 44096-01, (PDF) 2005 WL 1795855 (F.R.)

SUMMARY: EPA is announcing the availability of additional information and an extension of the application deadline for a Notice of Funding Availability for Tribal Educational Outreach on Lead Poisoning and Baseline Assessment of Tribal Children's Existing and Potential Exposure and Risks Associated With Lead, that was published in the Federal Register on Thursday, June 30, 2005. You may access the full text of the updated grant announcement at http:// www.epa.gov/lead, under the "Lead In The News" July 2005 section and also at http://www.grants.gov.

July

NOTICES ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY (07/29/05)

Notice of Availability: Tribal Drinking Water Operator Certification Program Final Guidelines, Friday, July 29, 2005, 70 FR 43868-01, (PDF) 2005 WL 1786724 (F.R.)

SUMMARY: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing the availability of the Tribal Drinking Water Operator Certification Program (Program) Final Guidelines. EPA established the Program to further protect public health by providing operators of drinking water systems in Indian country additional training and certification opportunities for community and non-transient non-community drinking water systems. The Program guidelines establish baseline standards for non-State organizations certifying operators of systems in Indian county and outline a consistent method of assessing, tracking, and addressing the certification and training needs of those operators.

PROPOSED RULES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE, Forest Service (07/27/05)

Onshore Oil and Gas Operations; Federal and Indian Oil and Gas Leases; Onshore Oil and Gas Order Number 1, Approval of Operations, Wednesday, July 27, 2005, 70 FR 43349-01, (PDF) 2005 WL 1749480 (F.R.)

SUMMARY: This proposed rule would revise existing Onshore Oil and Gas Order Number 1, which was published in the October 21, 1983, edition of the Federal Register. The Order provides the requirements necessary for the approval of all proposed oil and gas exploratory, development, or service wells on all Federal and Indian (except Osage tribe) onshore oil and gas leases, including leases where the surface is managed by the U.S. Forest Service (FS). It also covers most approvals necessary for subsequent well operations, including abandonment. The revision is necessary due to provisions of the 1987 Federal Onshore Oil and Gas Leasing Reform Act (Reform Act), legal opinions, court cases since the

RULES AND REGULATIONS DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR, Bureau of Indian Affairs (07/21/05)

Deposit of Proceeds From Lands Withdrawn for Native Selection; Correction, Thursday, July 21, 2005, 70 FR 41963-01, (PDF) 2005 WL 1687401 (F.R.)

SUMMARY: This document contains a correction to a final rule that was published Thursday, July 14, 2005 (70 FR 40660). The regulation relates to Deposit of Proceeds from Lands Withdrawn for Native Selection.

NOTICES DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, Administration for Children and Families (07/18/05)

Notice of Issuance of Final Policy Directive, Monday, July 18, 2005, 70 FR 41231-02, (PDF) 2005 WL 1660896 (F.R.)

SUMMARY: The Administration for Native Americans (ANA) herein issues final interpretive rules, general statement of policy, and rules of agency procedure or practice in relation to the Social and Economic Development Strategies (SEDS) project SMART NA Communities (Strengthening Marriages and Relationships in Tribal and Native American Communities). For FY 2005, ANA reserved an amount of funding under the SEDS program to fund projects that are beneficial to the development of healthy Native American communities. ANA has decided to participate in ACF's Healthy Marriage Initiative, and intends to use the reserved SEDS funds to support projects that improve child well-being by removing barriers associated with forming and retaining healthy families and marriages in Native American communities. Under the statute, ANA is required to provide members of the public an opportunity to comment on proposed changes in interpretive rules, statements of general policy, and rules of agency procedure or practice, and to give notice of the final adoption of such changes at least 30 days before the changes become effective. The notice also provides additional information about ANA's plan for administering the programs.

RULES AND REGULATIONS DEPARTMENT OF THE LABOR, Employment and Training Administration (07/14/05)

Indian and Native American Welfare-to-Work Program, Thursday, July 14, 2005, 70 FR 40870-01, (PDF) 2005 WL 1637694 (F.R.)

SUMMARY: The Employment and Training Administration (ETA) of the Department of Labor (DOL) is removing the regulations at 20 CFR part 646 which govern the Indian and Native American Welfare-to-Work (INA WtW) Program authorized under the Social Security Act. Authorization for this program has expired, and all grants were required to be closed out by December 31, 2004, at the latest. Therefore, the Department has no need for these INA WtW regulations, and this action is undertaken to reduce the Federal regulatory burden and eliminate unneeded rules from the Code of Federal Regulations.

RULES AND REGULATIONS DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR, Bureau of Indian Affairs (07/14/05)

Deposit of Proceeds From Lands Withdrawn for Native Selection, Thursday, July 14, 2005, 70 FR 40660-01, (PDF) 2005 WL 1637689 (F.R.)

SUMMARY: This rule implements provisions of the American Indian Trust Fund Management Reform Act of 1994 by revising the regulations governing proceeds from public lands withdrawn for Native selection under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act.

June

NOTICES DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR, Bureau of Indian Affairs (06/29/05)

Marriage and Dissolution in Courts of Indian Offenses, Wednesday, June 29, 2005, 70 FR 37429-01, (PDF) 2005 WL 1520693 (F.R.)

SUMMARY: In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, we are submitting this collection of information to the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs for approval and renewal.

NOTICES DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR, Indian Arts and Crafts Board (06/29/05)

Renewal of Information Collection for Source Directory Publication, Wednesday, June 29, 2005, 70 FR 37425-01, (PDF) 2005 WL 1520691 (F.R.)

SUMMARY: The Indian Arts and Crafts Board (IACB) collects information to identify and revise listings for the Source Directory of American Indian and Alaska native owned and operated arts and crafts businesses. In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the IACB has submitted a request for renewal of approval of this information collection to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), and requests public comments on this submission.

NOTICES DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR, Office of the Secretary (06/28/05)

American Indian Probate Reform Act of 2004, Tuesday, June 28, 2005, 70 FR 37107-01, (PDF) 2005 WL 1505445 (F.R.)

SUMMARY: The American Indian Probate Reform Act of 2004 requires the Secretary of the Interior to certify that we developed an informational notice about the Act and its provisions. The Act also requires the Secretary of the Interior to certify that we sent the notice to individual Indian holders of interest in trust or restricted land by direct mail, and published the notice in the Federal Register and newspapers. This certification fulfills this requirement.

RULES AND REGULATIONS DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR, Bureau of Indian Affairs (06/09/05)

Conforming Amendments To Implement the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, Thursday, June 9, 2005, 70 FR 33701-01, (PDF) 2005 WL 1353693 (F.R.)

SUMMARY: This final rule renumbers certain sections of 25 CFR part 39 in order to conform to the amendments published on April 28 and to rationalize the number system in part 39. It also eliminates two obsolete cross references.

May

NOTICES DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION (05/31/05)

Open Meeting of the President's Board of Advisors on Tribal Colleges and Universities, Tuesday, May 31, 2005, 70 FR 30939-01, (PDF) 2005 WL 1256352 (F.R.)

SUMMARY: This notice sets forth the schedule and proposed agenda of an upcoming open meeting of the Board and is intended to notify the general public of their opportunity to attend. This notice also describes the functions of the Board. Notice of the Board's meetings is required under Section 10 (a)(2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act and by the Board's charter.

NOTICES DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES , Administration for Children and Families (05/27/05)

Notice of Public Comment on the Proposed Adoption of ANA Program; Policies and Procedures, Friday, May 27, 2005, 70 FR 30755-01, (PDF) 2005 WL 1248506 (F.R.)

SUMMARY: Pursuant to section 814 of the Native American Programs Act of 1974; as amended, 42 U.S.C., 2991b-1, the Administration for Native Americans (ANA) herein describes its proposed interpretive rules, general statement of policy and rules of agency procedure or practice in relation to the Social and Economic Development Strategies (SEDS) project SMART NA Communities (Strengthening Marriages and Relationships in Tribal and Native American Communities). For FY 2005, ANA reserved an amount of funding under the SEDS program to fund projects that are beneficial to the development of healthy Native American communities. ANA has decided to participate in ACF's Healthy Marriage Initiative, and intends to use the reserved SEDS funds to support projects that improve child well-being by removing barriers associated with forming and retaining healthy families and marriages in Native American communities. Under the statute, ANA is required to provide members of the public an opportunity to comment on proposed changes in interpretive rules, statements of general policy, and rule of agency procedure or practice and to give notice of the final adoption of such changes at least 30 days before the changes become effective. The notice also provides additional information about ANA's plan for administering the programs.

RULES AND REGULATIONS DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE, Commodity Credit Corporation (05/25/05)

American Indian Livestock Feed Program; Livestock Assistance Program, Wednesday, May 25, 2005, 70 FR 29920-01, (PDF) 2005 WL 1223339 (F.R.)

SUMMARY: This regulation sets forth the terms and conditions of the 2003/2004 American Indian Livestock Feed Program (AILFP). Assistance will be available to eligible livestock producers for livestock feed crop years 2003 or 2004 whose eligible livestock occupied tribal-governed land at the time of a natural disaster in an area where a significant loss of livestock feed has occurred, creating a livestock feed emergency, as determined by the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC). Eligible producers can receive benefits for livestock feed crop year 2003, or 2004, but not both. Eligible tribal-governed land must be located in a primary county or counties that have received an emergency declaration by the President or emergency designation by the Secretary of Agriculture on or after January 1, 2003, for losses occurring in calendar year 2003, or calendar year 2004. Although the Presidential declarations and Secretarial designations were issued for natural disasters in those calendar years, tribal governments may request an initial 90-day feeding period and up to three 90-day extensions that extend from the beginning of a livestock feed crop year, to the end of that same livestock feed crop year. Further, livestock owners who sold eligible livestock as a direct result of natural disaster shall report those livestock as owned through the end of the production year (livestock feed crop year) in order to mitigate the livestock owner's losses. This rule is intended to implement legislation and assist affected producers in overcoming the effects of drought.

NOTICES DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (05/20/05)

Endangered and Threatened Species; Take of Anadromous Fish, Friday, May 20, 2005, 70 FR 29282-01, (PDF) WL 1181700 (F.R.)

SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that NMFS has received a scientific research and enhancement permit application relating to Pacific salmon. Permit 1530 would be issued jointly to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Nez Perce Tribe through the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and the Idaho Department of Fish and Game (Applicants) to operate the adult fish trap at Lower Granite Dam. The proposed actions are intended to increase knowledge of species listed under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and to help guide management and conservation efforts. It is also intended to facilitate collection of broodstock to supply an artificial propagation program designed to enhance the propagation and survival of threatened Snake River fall chinook salmon.

NOTICES DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR, Bureau of Indian Affairs (05/19/05) Indian Child Welfare Act;

Receipt of Designated Tribal Agents for Service of Notice; Addendum, Thursday, May 19, 2005, 70 FR 28953-02, (PDF), 2005 WL 1170305 (F.R.), Original at: 70 FR 13518, (PDF)

SUMMARY: This notice is published in exercise of authority delegated by the Secretary of the Interior to the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary--Indian Affairs by 209 DM 8.

PROPOSED RULES DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR, Bureau of Indian Affairs (05/19/05)

Preparation Rolls of Indians, Thursday, May 19, 2005, 70 FR 28859-01, (PDF) 2005 WL 1170382 (F.R.)

SUMMARY: The Bureau of Indian Affairs is proposing to amend its regulations governing the compilation of rolls of Indians in order to open the enrollment application process for the Western Shoshone Identifiable Group of Indians. The enrollment application process will give individuals an opportunity to file applications to share in the Western Shoshone judgment fund distribution authorized under the Western Shoshone Claims Distribution Act of July 7, 2004.

NOTICES DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR, Bureau of Indian Affairs (05/13/05)

Notice of Determination, Friday, May 13, 2005, 70 FR 25596-02, (PDF) 2005 WL 1121542 (F.R.)

SUMMARY: The Associate Deputy Secretary made a final agency determination to acquire approximately 147 acres of land into trust for the Match-E-Be-Nash-E-Wish Band (Gun Lake Tribe) of Pottawatomi Indians of Michigan on April 18, 2005. This notice is published in the exercise of authority delegated by the Secretary of the Interior to the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary--Indian Affair by 209 Department Manual 8.1.

PROPOSED RULES ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY (05/12/05)

Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Oklahoma; Attainment Demonstration for the Tulsa Early Action Compact Area; Ozone, Thursday, May 12, 2005, 70 FR 25004-01, (PDF) 2005 WL 1113805 (F.R.)

SUMMARY: The EPA is proposing to approve a revision to the Oklahoma State Implementation Plan (SIP) submitted by the Secretary of the Environment on December 22, 2004 for Tulsa. This revision will incorporate a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (ODEQ) and the Indian Nation Council of Governments (INCOG) into the Oklahoma SIP and includes a demonstration of attainment for the 8-hour National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) for ozone. The MOA outlines pollution control measures for the Tulsa Metropolitan Area Early Action Compact (EAC) area. The EAC is designed to achieve and maintain the 8-hour ozone standard more expeditiously than the EPA's 8-hour implementation rulemaking. EPA is proposing approval of the photochemical modeling in support of the attainment demonstration of the 8- hour ozone standard within the Tulsa EAC area and is proposing approval of the associated control measures. We are proposing to approve this revision as a strengthening of the SIP in accordance with the requirements of sections 110 and 116 of the Federal Clean Air Act (the Act), which will result in emission reductions needed to help ensure attainment of the 8-hour NAAQS for ozone.

NOTICES DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION (05/04/05)

Meeting of the National Advisory Council on Indian Education, Wednesday, May 4, 2005 70 FR 23143-01, (PDF) 2005 WL 1024715 (F.R.)

SUMMARY: This notice sets forth the schedule and proposed agenda of an upcoming meeting of the National Advisory Council on Indian Education (the Council) and is intended to notify the general public of their opportunity to attend. This notice also describes the functions of the Council. Notice of the Council's meetings is required under section (10)(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act and by the Council's charter.

RULES AND REGULATIONS NATIONAL INDIAN GAMING COMMISSION (05/04/05)

Minimum Internal Control Standards, Wednesday, May 4, 2005 70 FR 23011-01, (PDF) 2005 WL 1024803 (F.R.)

SUMMARY: In response to the inherent risks of gaming enterprises and the resulting need for effective internal controls in Tribal gaming operations, the National Indian Gaming Commission (Commission or NIGC) first developed Minimum Internal Control Standards (MICS) for Indian gaming in 1999, and then later revised them in 2002. The Commission recognized from the outset that periodic technical adjustments and revisions would be necessary in order to keep the MICS effective in protecting Tribal gaming assets and the interests of Tribal stakeholders and the gaming public. To that end, the following final rule revisions contain certain corrections and revisions to the Commission's existing MICS, which are necessary to correct erroneous citations or references in the MICS and to clarify, improve, and update other existing MICS provisions. The purpose of these final MICS revisions is to address apparent shortcomings in the MICS and various changes in Tribal gaming technology and methods. Public comment to these final MICS revisions was received by the Commission for a period of 48 days after the date of their publication in the Federal Register as a proposed rule on December 1, 2004. Thereafter, the comment period was extended for an additional 31 days until February 18, 2005.

April

RULES AND REGULATIONS DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR, Bureau of Indian Affairs (04/28/05)

Implementation of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, Thursday, April 28, 70 FR 22178-01, (PDF) 2005 WL 962264 (F.R.)

SUMMARY: This final rule addresses six areas involving Indian education: Defining adequate yearly progress; establishing geographic attendance areas for Bureau of Indian Affairs-funded schools (Bureau-funded schools); establishing a formula for the minimum amount necessary to fund Bureau-funded schools; establishing a system of uniform direct funding and support for Bureau-operated schools; providing guidelines to ensure the Constitutional and civil rights of Indian students; and establishing a method for administering grants to tribally controlled schools. The rule implements the provisions of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.

NOTICES ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY (04/28/05)

Tribal Pesticide and Special Projects; Request for Proposals, Thursday, April 28, 2005, 70 FR 22036-01,( PDF) 2005 WL 962192 (F.R.)

SUMMARY: The Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP), in coordination with the EPA regional offices, is soliciting pesticide and special project proposals from eligible Tribes, Alaska native villages, and intertribal consortia for fiscal year (FY) 2005 funding. Under this program, cooperative agreement awards will provide financial assistance to eligible Tribal governments, Alaska native village governments, or intertribal consortia to carry out projects that assess or reduce risks to human health and the environment from pesticide exposure. The total amount of funding available for award in FY 2005 is expected to be approximately $445,000, with a maximum funding level of $50,000 per project.

RULES AND REGULATIONS DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR, Bureau of Indian Affairs (04/28/05)

Conforming Amendments to Implement the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, Thursday, April 28, 2005, 70 FR 21950-01,(PDF) 2005 WL 962254 (F.R.)

SUMMARY: This final rule deletes provisions of parts 31 and 36 that will become obsolete on May 31, 2005, the effective date of the final rule implementing the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.

NOTICES ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY (04/22/05)

Environmental Impact Statements and Regulations; Availability of EPA Comments, Friday, April 22, 2005, 70 FR 20900-02,(PDF) 2005 WL 916855 (F.R.)

SUMMARY: EPA expressed concern due to wetland and stream impacts associated with the proposed action, and requested that wetland impacts associated with the clear zones be included in the mitigation plan. EPA also requested that the wetland avoidance alternative (Alternative 5) should be carried forward for detail study to more closely track the alternatives analysis requirements under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act.

NOTICES DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR, Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (04/14/05)

Notice of Proposed Information Collection for 1029-0055 and 1029-0091, Thursday, April 14, 2005, 70 FR 19781-01,(PDF) 2005 WL 847808 (F.R.)

SUMMARY: In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM) is announcing that the information collection requests for the titles described below have been forwarded to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and comment. The information collection requests describe the nature of the information collections and the expected burden and cost for 30 CFR parts 750 and 877.

NOTICES DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, Indian Health Service (04/14/05)

Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, Thursday, April 14, 2005, 70 FR 19772-01,(PDF) 2005 WL 847800 (F.R.)

SUMMARY: The Indian Health Service (IHS), announces the availability of Fiscal Year (FY) 2005 grants to implement the IHS Health Promotion/Disease Prevention (HP/DP) Initiative to create healthier American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities through innovative and effective community, school, clinic, and work site health promotion and chronic disease prevention programs.

NOTICES DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, Indian Health Service (04/14/05)

Injury Prevention Program Announcement Type: New, Thursday, April 14, 2005, 70 FR 19765-01,(PDF) 2005 WL 847799 (F.R.)

SUMMARY: The Indian Health Service (IHS) announces competitive cooperative agreement applications for Injury Prevention Program for American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN).

NOTICES DEPARTMENT LABOR, Employment and Training Administration (04/13/05)

Workforce Investment Act; Native American Employment and Training Council, Wednesday, April 13, 2005, 70 FR 19505-02,(PDF) 2005 WL 836500 (F.R.)

SUMMARY: Pursuant to section 10(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) (Pub. L. 92-463), as amended, and section 166(h)(4) of the Workforce Investment Act (WIA)[29 U.S.C. 2911(h)(4)], notice is hereby given of the next meeting of the Native American Employment and Training Council as constituted under WIA.

NOTICES DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR, Minerals Management Service (04/13/05)

Notice and Agenda for Meeting of the Royalty Policy Committee, Wednesday, April 13, 2005, 70 FR 19501-02,(PDF) 2005 WL 836487 (F.R.)

SUMMARY: Agenda items for the second meeting of the newly chartered Royalty Policy Committee (RPC) will include remarks from the Director, MMS, and the Associate Director, Minerals Revenue Management (MRM), MMS, as well as updates from the following subcommittees: Geothermal; Coal; Federal Oil and Gas Valuation; Oil and Gas Royalty Reporting; and Indian Valuation.

RULES AND REGULATIONS ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY (04/08/05)

Federal Implementation Plans Under the Clean Air Act for Indian Reservations in Idaho, Oregon and Washington, Friday, April 8, 2005, 70 FR 18074-01,(PDF) 2005 WL 779152 (F.R.)

SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking final action on these Federal Implementation Plans (FIPs) under the Clean Air Act (CAA) for Indian reservations in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. The FIPs put in place basic air quality regulations to protect health and welfare on Indian reservations located in the Pacific Northwest.

NOTICES DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR, Minerals Management Service (04/08/05)

Major Portion Prices and Due Date for Additional Royalty Payments on Indian Gas Production in Designated Areas Not Associated With an Index Zone, Friday, April 8, 2005, 70 FR 18051-01,(PDF) 2005 WL 779228 (F.R.)

SUMMARY: Final regulations for valuing gas produced from Indian leases, published on August 10, 1999, require MMS to determine major portion values and notify industry by publishing the values in the Federal Register. The regulations also require MMS to publish a due date for industry to pay additional royalty based on the major portion value. This notice provides the major portion values for the 12 months of 2003. The due date to pay is May 31, 2005.

NOTICES DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR, Bureau of Indian Affairs (04/07/05)

American Indian Probate Reform Act of 2004, Thursday, April 7, 2005, 70 FR 17715-02,(PDF) 2005 WL 770153 (F.R.)

SUMMARY: The American Indian Probate Reform Act requires us to develop an informational notice about the Act and its provisions. The Act also requires us to publish this notice in the Federal Register. This notice fulfills these requirements.

NOTICES DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR, National Park Service (04/06/05)

Notice of Availability of Guidance for Compliance With the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act by National Park Service Offices and Units, Wednesday, April 6, 2005, 70 FR 17466-01,(PDF) 2005 WL 760252 (F.R.)

SUMMARY: The National Park System Advisory Board completed a servicewide review of the process used by NPS to determine the cultural affiliation of human remains and other cultural items as required under the Native American Graves and Protection Repatriation Act (25 U.S.C. 3001 et seq.) in June 2002. The final report contains five recommendations that are being implemented by revising and updating Appendix R of the Cultural Resource Management Guideline under Director's Order 28. The revised draft "Guidance for Compliance with the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act by National Park Service Offices and Units--NPS Cultural Resource Management Guideline, Appendix R" is now available for public comment.

NOTICES DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION (04/04/05)

Indian Education Professional Development Grants, Monday, April 4, 2005, 70 FR 17077-01,(PDF) 2005 WL 739987 (F.R.)

SUMMARY: On January 31, 2005 we published a notice in the Federal Register (70 FR 4826) that established a deadline of March 17, 2005 for mandatory electronic transmittal of applications for the fiscal year 2005 Indian Education Professional Development Grants competition through the Grants.gov system. The purpose of this notice is to reopen the notice inviting applications for this program, with a new deadline for transmittal of applications. The notice inviting applications is being reopened because some applicants may have experienced problems completing the multi-step Grants.gov registration process that prevented them from submitting timely applications or problems with server availability on the closing date.

NOTICES DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION (04/04/05)

Indian Education Demonstration Grants for Indian Children, Monday, April 4, 2005, 70 FR 17076-02,( PDF) 2005 WL 739986 (F.R.)

SUMMARY: On January 31, 2005 we published a notice in the Federal Register (70 FR 4822) that established a deadline of March 17, 2005 for mandatory electronic transmittal of applications for the fiscal year 2005 Indian Education Demonstration Grants for Indian Children competition through the Grants.gov system. The purpose of this notice is to reopen the notice inviting applications for this program, with a new deadline for transmittal of applications. The notice inviting applications is being reopened because some applicants may have experienced problems completing the multi-step Grants.gov registration process that prevented them from submitting timely applications or problems with server availability on the closing date.

March

NOTICES DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR, Bureau of Indian Affairs (03/31/05)

Office of Federal Acknowledgment; Reports and Guidance Documents; Availability, etc., Thursday, March 31, 2005, 70 FR 16513-01,( PDF) 2005 WL 717261 (F.R.)

SUMMARY: The Department gives notice that the Associate Deputy Secretary of the Interior is revising and clarifying certain internal procedures for managing and processing petitions for Federal acknowledgment as an Indian tribe. These revisions do not change the acknowledgment regulations, 25 CFR part 83.

NOTICES DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR, Bureau of Indian Affairs (03/24/05)

Guidance for Distributing Fiscal Year 2005 Contract Support Funds and Indian Self-Determination Funds, Thursday, March 24, 2005, 70 FR 15119-01, (PDF) 2005 WL 670029 (F.R.)

SUMMARY: The Bureau of Indian Affairs (Bureau) is publishing this notice to inform the public, the tribes, and Federal staff of the methodology that will be used for the distribution of CSF and ISDF for FY 2005. These funds are distributed as authorized by the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act of 1975, as amended, and financed with funds appropriated under the Snyder Act. This distribution methodology is published to ensure eligible recipients and responsible federal employees are aware of program operations for this fiscal year. This is a guidance document, it is not establishing regulations.

NOTICES DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR, Bureau of Indian Affairs (03/21/05)

Indian Child Welfare Act; Receipt of Designated Tribal Agents for Service of Notice, Monday, March 21, 2005, 70 FR 13518-01,( PDF) 2005 WL 637329 (F.R.)

SUMMARY: This notice is published in exercise of authority delegated by the Secretary of the Interior to the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary--Indian Affairs by 209 DM 8.

NOTICES DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION (03/21/05)

Indian Education Formula Grants to Local Educational Agencies, Monday, March 21, 2005, 70 FR 13485-01,(PDF ) 2005 WL 637293 (F.R.)

SUMMARY: On January 11, 2005 we published a notice in the Federal Register (70 FR 1881) that established a deadline of February 28, 2005, for transmittal of applications for the fiscal year ("FY") 2005 Indian Education Formula Grants to Local Educational Agencies. The purpose of this notice is to reopen the notice inviting applications, with a new deadline date for transmittal of applications for this program. A total of 96 current recipients that enroll approximately 16,600 Indian students did not submit their applications by the deadline. This year's deadline was several months earlier than usual, and some of those current grantees, who were focusing on assembling information required under their fiscal year 2004 grants, may not have understood that, during the months of January and February, they needed both to complete the submission of that information for their 2004 grants and to submit their fiscal year 2005 applications. The new deadline date for the transmittal of applications or amendments to applications already submitted is March 28, 2005.

NOTICES DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR, Bureau of Indian Affairs (03/11/05)

Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report for the Guidiville Band of Pomo Indians of the Guidiville Rancheria's Proposed Trust Acquisition and Casino/Resort Project, City of Richmond, Contra Costa County, CA, Friday, March 11, 2005, 70 FR 12229-03,( PDF) 2005 WL 556917 (F.R.)

SUMMARY: This notice advises the public that the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) as lead agency for compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act, and the City of Richmond (City), California, as lead agency for compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act, intend to gather information necessary for preparing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)/Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for a proposed 415<plus-minus> acre trust acquisition and casino/resort project to be located within the City of Richmond, Contra Costa County, California. The purpose of the proposed action is to restore the Guidiville land base of the Guidiville Band of Pomo Indians of the Guidiville Rancheria (Tribe) and help provide for the economic development of the tribe. The proposed action would additionally serve to meet the City's requirements under the Base Realignment and Closure Act to use a closed Navy fuel depot for economic development purposes. This notice also announces a public scoping meeting to identify potential issues and alternatives for inclusion in the EIS/EIR.

NOTICES DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (03/11/05)

Endangered and Threatened Species; Take of Anadromous Fish, Friday, March 11, 2005, 70 FR 12194-02,(PDF ) 2005 WL 556875 (F.R.)

SUMMARY: NMFS has evaluated the joint resource management plan (RMP) for harvest of Puget Sound chinook salmon provided by the Puget Sound Treaty Tribes and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) pursuant to the protective regulations promulgated for Puget Sound chinook salmon under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The RMP specifies the management of commercial, recreational and tribal salmon fisheries and steelhead net fisheries that potentially affect listed Puget Sound chinook salmon from May 1, 2004, through April 30, 2010.

NOTICES DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR, Bureau of Indian Affairs (03/10/05)

Amendments to Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Desert Rock Energy Project, San Juan County, NM, Thursday, March 10, 2005, 70 FR 12005-02,(PDF) 2005 WL 547937 (F.R.)

SUMMARY: This notice advises the public that the Bureau of Indian Affairs is amending its Notice of Intent to Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed Desert Rock Energy Project, San Juan County, New Mexico, published in the Federal Register on November 10, 2004 (69 FR 65215), which described the proposed action. The amendments: (1) Add the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as cooperating agencies; (2) include the mining of up to six million more tons of coal per year from the BHP Navajo Coal Company lease area and delivery of that coal to the proposed power plant, plus the issuance of permits required under the Clean Water Act by the Army Corps of Engineers and/or the EPA, for analysis in the EIS; (3) announce five more public scoping meetings to identify potential issues and alternatives for inclusion in the EIS; and (4) extend the period for public comment on scoping for the EIS.

NOTICES DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION (03/10/05)

Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools; Overview Information; Safe Schools/Healthy Students; Notice Inviting Applications for New Awards for Fiscal Year (FY) 2005, Thursday, March 10, 2005, 70 FR 11948-01,(PDF) 2005 WL 547882 (F.R.)

SUMMARY: not yet available

PROPOSED RULES NATIONAL INDIAN GAMING COMMISSION, Bureau of Indian Affairs (03/10/05)

Minimum Internal Control Standards, Thursday, March 10, 2005, 70 FR 11893-01,(PDF) 2005 WL 547983 (F.R.)

SUMMARY: In response to the inherent risks of gaming enterprises and the resulting need for effective internal controls in Tribal gaming operations, the National Indian Gaming Commission (Commission or NIGC) first developed Minimum Internal Control Standards (MICS) for Indian gaming in 1999, and then later revised them in 2002. The Commission recognized from the outset that periodic technical adjustments and revisions would be necessary in order to keep the MICS effective in protecting Tribal gaming assets and the interests of Tribal stakeholders and the gaming public. To that end, the following proposed rule revisions contain certain proposed corrections and revisions to the Commission's existing MICS, which are necessary to clarify, improve, and update other existing MICS provisions. The purpose of these proposed MICS revisions is to address apparent shortcomings in the MICS and various changes in Tribal gaming technology and methods.

RULES AND REGULATIONS DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR, Bureau of Indian Affairs (03/09/05)

Law and Order on Indian Reservations, Tuesday, March 29, 2005, 70 FR 15759-01,(PDF) 2005 WL 699772 (F.R.)

SUMMARY: This document adds the Winnemucca Indian Tribe (Western Region, Nevada) to the listing of Courts of Indian Offenses. This amendment will establish a Court of Indian Offenses for a period not to exceed 2 years. It is necessary to establish a Court of Indian Offenses with jurisdiction over the Winnemucca Indian Tribe of the Winnemucca Reservation and Colony in order to protect lives and property.

RULES AND REGULATIONS DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR, Bureau of Indian Affairs (03/09/05)

Probate of Indian Trust Estates, Wednesday, March 9, 2005, 70 FR 11804-01,(PDF) 2005 WL 539905 (F.R.)

SUMMARY: The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) and the Office of Hearings and Appeals (OHA), Department of the Interior (the Department), are revising their regulations dealing with the probate of Indian trust estates to reflect an organizational change. The Department is consolidating the probate adjudication functions previously handled by attorney decision makers in BIA and by administrative law judges and Indian probate judges in OHA into a new Probate Hearings Division within OHA. As a result, this rule transfers various regulatory provisions dealing with attorney decision makers from BIA's regulations to OHA's.

NOTICES DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR, Bureau of Indian Affairs (03/09/05)

Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request, Wednesday, March 9, 2005, 70 FR 11687-01,(PDF) 2005 WL 539813 (F.R.)

SUMMARY: The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) is seeking comments on the Indian Service Population and Labor Force Estimates as we prepare to renew the collection as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act.

NOTICES DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY, Bonneville Power Administration (03/04/05)

Wanapa Energy Center; Notice of Availability of Record of Decision (ROD), Friday, March 4, 2005, 70 FR 10612-01,(PDF) 2005 WL 490384 (F.R.)

SUMMARY: This notice announces the availability of the ROD to implement the proposed action identified in the Wanapa Energy Center Final Environmental Impact Statement (DOE/EIS-0342, December 2004). Under the proposed action, Bonneville will offer contract terms for interconnection of the Wanapa Energy Center with the Federal Columbia River Transmission System, as requested by the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. The proposed project involves constructing and operating a 1,200-megawatt, natural gas-fired, combined-cycle power generation facility at a 47-acre site on tribal trust land near the Cities of Hermiston and Umatilla in Umatilla County, Oregon. Wanapa may construct this project in phases. A new switchyard will be constructed at the Wanapa site, and Bonneville will construct a new 500-kilovolt single-circuit transmission line from this switchyard 4.4 miles west to Bonneville's existing McNary Substation, which Bonneville will expand by about 2.75 acres on the east side.

NOTICES DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR, Bureau of Indian Affairs (03/03/05)

Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request, Thursday, March 3, 2005, 70 FR 10407-01,(PDF) 2005 WL 483083 (F.R.)

SUMMARY: This notice announces that the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act is soliciting comments on the Financial Assistance and Social Service program application forms in order to renew the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) clearance. This information collection request is cleared under OMB control number 1076-0017 and expires on July 31, 2005.

NOTICES DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR, Bureau of Indian Affairs (03/01/05)

Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Pueblo of Jemez's Proposed Trust Acquisition and Casino Project, Dona Ana County, NM, Tuesday, March 1, 2005, 70 FR 9963-02,(PDF) 2005 WL 461183 (F.R.)

SUMMARY: This notice advises the public that the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), in cooperation with the Pueblo of Jemez (Pueblo), intends to gather information necessary for preparing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for a proposed 78.431 acre trust acquisition and casino project to be located within Dona Ana County, New Mexico. The purpose of the proposed action is to improve the economy of the Pueblo and help its members attain economic self-sufficiency. This notice also announces a public scoping meeting to identify potential issues and alternatives to be considered in the EIS.

February

NOTICES DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR, Office of the Secretary (02/28/05)

Tribal Consultation on Proposed Self-Determination and Self-Governance Funding Agreement Language on Fiduciary Trust Records Management, Monday, February 28, 2005, 70 FR 9676-01,(PDF) 2005 WL 437610 (F.R.)

SUMMARY: This notice announces a change of meeting dates reported in the Federal Register announcement of February 2, 2005 (70 FR 5457) and a new deadline for submitting written comments. The three consultation meetings are intended to obtain oral and written comments concerning: (1) A proposed policy on fiduciary trust records management for Self-Determination (Title I) and Self-Governance (Title IV) Tribes/Consortia; and (2) proposed language to be negotiated as part of the 2006 Title I and Title IV funding agreements regarding fiduciary trust records management.

PROPOSED RULES DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT (02/25/05)

Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act (NAHASDA); Revisions to the Indian Housing Block Grant Program Formula, Friday, February 25, 2005, 70 FR 9490-01,(PDF) 2005 WL 429938 (F.R.)

SUMMARY: This proposed rule would make several revisions to the Indian Housing Block Grant (IHBG) Program allocation formula authorized under section 302 of the Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act of 1996. Through the IHBG Program, HUD provides Federal housing assistance for Indian tribes in a manner that recognizes the right of Indian self-determination and tribal self-government. HUD negotiated the proposed rule with active tribal participation and using the procedures of the Negotiated Rulemaking Act of 1990. The proposed regulatory changes reflect the consensus decisions reached by HUD and the tribal representatives on ways to improve and clarify the current regulations governing the IHBG Program formula.

NOTICES ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY (02/25/05)

Full Tribal Pesticide Program Council Meeting; Notice of Public Meeting, Friday, February 25, 2005, 70 FR 9309-01,(PDF) 2005 WL 429852 (F.R.)

SUMMARY: The Tribal Pesticide Program Council (TPPC) will hold a 2 and 1/2-day meeting, beginning on March 16 and ending on March 18, 2005. This notice announces the location and times for the meeting, and sets forth the tentative agenda topics. One Tribal Caucus scheduled each day.

PROPOSED RULES DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR, Minerals Management Service (02/22/05)

Public Workshop on Proposed Rule--Establishing Oil Value for Royalty Due on Indian Leases, Tuesday, February 22, 2005,70 FR 8556-01,(PDF) 2005 WL 402191 (F.R.)

SUMMARY: The Minerals Management Service (MMS) is giving notice of public workshops concerning the valuation of crude oil produced from Indian oil and gas leases.

NOTICES DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR, Bureau of Indian Affairs (02/15/05)

Law and Order on Indian Reservations, Tuesday, February 15, 2005, 70 FR 7756-01,(PDF) 2005 WL 349599 (F.R.)

SUMMARY: This notice rescinds the Notice of Intent published by the Bureau of Indian Affairs in the Federal Register on April 29, 2003.

NOTICES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE, Farm Service Agency (02/11/05)

Revision of Indian Tribal Land Acquisition Program Loan Regulations, Friday, February 11, 2005, 70 FR 7165-01,(PDF) 2005 WL 320247 (F.R.)

SUMMARY: This rule clarifies the Indian Tribal Land Acquisition Program (ITLAP) regulations for borrowers who apply for a rental value write-down. The rule clarifies the method for determining the rental value of security for purposes of a write-down, adds a definition of "rental value," clarifies other write-down eligibility provisions, and limits new loan eligibility for borrowers who have received a write-down in the past. These clarifications are intended to reduce the borrower's costs of applying for a rental value write-down, and reduce the burden on Agency employees in processing requests.

NOTICES NATIONAL INDIAN GAMING COMMISSION (02/08/05)

Fee Rates, Tuesday, February 8, 2005, 70 FR 6738-02,(PDF) 2005 WL 282287 (F.R.)

SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given, pursuant to 25 CFR 514.1(a)(3), that the National Indian Gaming Commission has adopted preliminary annual fee rates of 0.00% for tier 1 and 0.059% (.00059) for tier 2 for calendar year 2005. These rates shall apply to all assessable gross revenues from each gaming operation under the jurisdiction of the Commission. If a tribe has a certificate of self-regulation under 25 CFR part 518, the preliminary fee rate on class II revenues for calendar year 2005 shall be one-half of the annual fee rate, which is 0.0295% (.000295).

NOTICES DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, Administration for Children and Families (02/08/05)

Notice of Issuance of Final Policy Directive, Tuesday, February 8, 2005, 70 FR 6686-02,(PDF) 2005 WL 282213 (F.R.)

SUMMARY: The Administration for Native Americans (ANA) herein describes its issuance of final interpretive rules, general statements of policy and rules of agency procedure or practice relating to the Social and Economic Development Strategies (SEDS), Language Preservation and Maintenance (hereinafter referred to as Native Language), and Environmental Regulatory Enhancement (hereinafter referred to as Environmental) programs.

NOTICES DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION (02/07/05)

Meeting of the National Advisory Council on Indian Education, Monday, February 7, 2005, 70 FR 6432-01,(PDF) 2005 WL 275416 (F.R.)

SUMMARY: This notice sets forth the schedule and proposed agenda of an upcoming meeting of the National Advisory Council on Indian Education (the Council) and is intended to notify the general public of their opportunity to attend. This notice also describes the functions of the Council. Notice of the Council's meetings is required under Section 10(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act and by the Council's charter.

NOTICES DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION (02/04/05)

Meeting of the President's Board of Advisors on Tribal Colleges and Universities, Friday, February 4, 2005, 70 FR 5979-01,(PDF) 2005 WL 263517 (F.R.)

SUMMARY: This notice sets forth the schedule and proposed agenda of an upcoming meeting of the President's Board of Advisors on Tribal Colleges and Universities (the Board) and is intended to notify the general public of their opportunity to attend. This notice also describes the functions of the Board. Notice of the Board's meetings is required under Section 10(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act and by the Board's charter.

NOTICES DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR, Office of the Secretary (02/01/05)

Tribal Consultation on Proposed Self-Determination and Self-Governance Funding Agreement Language on Fiduciary Trust Records Management, Wednesday, February 2, 2005, 70 FR 5457-01,(PDF) 2005 WL 227039 (F.R.)

SUMMARY: This notice announces three consultation meetings that will be held to obtain oral and written comments concerning (1) a proposed policy on fiduciary trust records management for Self-Determination (Title I) and Self-Governance (Title IV) Tribes/Consortia; and (2) proposed language to be negotiated as part of the 2006 Title I and Title IV funding agreements regarding fiduciary trust records management. These meetings support the Department of the Interior's (Department's) administrative policy on tribal consultation by encouraging maximum direct participation of representatives of tribal governments, tribal organizations and other interested persons on important Departmental issues and processes.

NOTICES DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR, Fish and Wildlife Service (02/01/05)

Rate Adjustments for Indian Irrigation Projects, Tuesday, February 1, 2005, 70 FR 5210-01,(PDF) 2005 WL 218574 (F.R.)

SUMMARY: The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) owns, or has an interest in, irrigation facilities located on various Indian reservations throughout the United States. We are required to establish rates to recover the costs to administer, operate, maintain, and rehabilitate those facilities. We request your comments on the proposed rate adjustments.

NOTICES DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR, Bureau of Indian Affairs (02/01/05)

Fish and Wildlife Service and Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal, Governments Sign Annual Funding Agreement,Tuesday, February 1, 2005, 70 FR 5205-01,(PDF) 2005 WL 218573 (F.R.)

SUMMARY: On December 15, 2004, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service or we) signed an annual funding agreement (AFA or Agreement) with the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal Governments (CSKT) under the Tribal Self-Governance Act of 1994. The action was taken at the discretion of the Service. The decision reflects review and consideration of concerns, issues, and comments received during a 90-day public comment period which began on July 14, 2004, and ended on October 12, 2004. The public comment period was reopened for an additional 15 days on October 20, 2004, and closed on November 4, 2004. The Agreement was re-negotiated and slightly re-worded following the public comment period. The Agreement provides for the CSKT to perform certain programs, services, functions, and activities (Activities) for the National Bison Range and ancillary properties (Northwest Montana Wetland Management District, Pablo, and Ninepipe NWRs) during an 18-month period. The Regional Director for the Service in Denver, Colorado, signed the agreement December 15, 2004. The Secretary of the Interior immediately endorsed the Agreement, and forwarded it to the U.S. Congress for a 90-day review period.

January

NOTICES DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR, Bureau of Land Management (01/31/05)

Public Land Order No. 7624; Revocation of Secretarial Order Dated October 22, 1920; Idaho, Monday, January 31, 2005, 70 FR 4883-03,(PDF) 2005 WL 192303 (F.R.)

SUMMARY: This order revokes a Secretarial Order in its entirety as it affects 36,578.69 acres of land withdrawn for the Bureau of Reclamation's Minidoka Project, American Falls Reservoir. The land is located within the Fort Hall Indian Reservation and would return to the management and jurisdiction of the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

NOTICES DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR (1/18/05)

Land Acquisitions; Suquamish Tribe of Washington, Tuesday, January 18, 2005, 70 FR 2880-01,(PDF) 2005 WL 84447 (F.R.)

SUMMARY: The Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary--Indian Affairs made a final agency determination to acquire approximately 12.72 acres of land into trust for the Suquamish Tribe of Washington on April 21, 2004. This notice is published in the exercise of authority delegated by the Secretary of the Interior to the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary--Indian Affairs by 209 Departmental Manual 8.1.

NOTICES DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR (1/13/05)

Request for Nominations of Members To Serve on the Bureau of Indian Affairs Advisory Board for Exceptional Education, Thursday, January 13, 2005, 70 FR 2417-02,(PDF) 2005 WL 62537 (F.R.)

SUMMARY: Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), Office of Indian Education Programs (OIEP), requests nominations of individuals to serve on the BIA Advisory Board for Exceptional Education (Advisory Board). The BIA/OIEP will consider nominations received in response to this Request for Nominations. The SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section provides committee and membership criteria, and the membership nomination form.

NOTICES DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR (1/13/05)

Nominations for Indian Reservation Roads Program Coordinating Committee, Thursday, January 13, 2005, 70 FR 2422-01,(PDF) 2005 WL 62538 (F.R.)

SUMMARY: The Secretary of the Interior is requesting nominations for tribal regional representatives to the Indian Reservation Roads (IRR) Program Coordinating Committee (Committee) which will be established under 25 CFR 170. The IRR final rules amending 25 CFR 170 include establishing a Committee to provide input and recommendations to the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) in developing IRR Program policies and procedures and to coordinate with and obtain input from tribes, BIA, and FHWA.

NOTICES DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR (1/13/05)

List of Additional Lands Affected by White Earth Reservation Land Settlement Act of 1985, Thursday, January 13, 2005, 70 FR 2423-01,(PDF) 2005 WL 62539 (F.R.)

SUMMARY: This notice publishes a list of additional allotments or interests on the White Earth Chippewa Reservation in Minnesota. The Department of the Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs, have determined that certain additional allotments or interests fall within the scope of sections 4(a), 4(b), or 5(c) of the White Earth Reservation Land Settlement Act of 1985. Under section 7(e) of the Act, as amended, any determination made by the Secretary to include an allotment or interest is required to be published in the Federal Register.

PROPOSED RULES NATIONAL INDIAN GAMING COMMISSION (1/11/05)

Minimum Internal Control Standards, Tuesday, January 11, 2005, 70 FR 1840-01,(PDF) 2005 WL 41276 (F.R.)

SUMMARY: On December 1, 2004, the National Indian Gaming Commission (Commission) issued Proposed rule revisions (69 FR 69847, December 1, 2004) (November 27, 2000) containing corrections and revisions to the Commission's existing regulations establishing minimum internal control standards (MICS) for gaming operations on Indian land and requesting comments prior to publication of a final rule. The date for filing comments is being extended.

NOTICES DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION (1/11/05)

Indian Education Formula Grants to Local Education Agencies--Notice Inviting Applications for Fiscal Year (FY) 2005, Tuesday, January 11, 2005, 70 FR 1881-01,(PDF) 2005 WL 41300 (F.R.)

SUMMARY: not yet available

NOTICES ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY (1/07/05)

Notice of Guidance Issuance: Direct Implementation Tribal Cooperative Agreements (DITCAs) Guidance, Friday, January 7, 2005, 70 FR 1440-01,(PDF) 2005 WL 24175 (F.R.)

SUMMARY: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency finalized the Direct Implementation Tribal Cooperative Agreements (DITCAs) Guidance on November 24, 2004. A copy appears below. The purpose of this guidance is to describe the concept of DITCAs and their use by EPA when performing direct implementation activities in Indian country. EPA believes that the DITCA authority makes available an important tool for tribes who wish to work with EPA in the implementation of environmental programs in Indian country by allowing tribes to be involved in assisting EPA as EPA implements federal programs for tribes. DITCAs are intended to provide a method to accomplish program implementation that is in addition to the Federal delegation of authority method, also referred to as the "treatment in a manner similar to states" or "TAS" approach to implementation. The degree of tribal involvement in assisting with EPA's direct implementation is flexible depending upon the tribe's interest and ability in carrying out specific work.

NOTICES DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR (1/6/05)

Privacy Act of 1974, as Amended; Amendment of an Existing System of Records, Thursday, January 6, 2005, 70 FR 1264-01,(PDF) 2005 WL 20153 (F.R.)

SUMMARY: Under the Privacy Act of 1974, as amended (5 U.S.C. 552a), the Office of the Secretary is issuing public notice of our intent to change an existing Privacy Act system of records notice entitled, Interior BIA-18 "Law Enforcement Services." The revisions will change the name of the system to Interior BIA-18, "Case Incident Reporting System." Other changes to Interior BIA-18 include updating data in the following fields: System Locations, Categories of Individuals Covered by the System, Categories of Records in the System, Routine Uses of Records Maintained in the System, Categories of Users and the Purposes of Such Uses, Policies and Practices for Storing, Retrieving, Accessing, Retaining and Disposing of Records in the System.

NOTICES DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR (1/5/05)

Notice of Deadline for Submitting Completed Applications To Begin Participation, in the Tribal Self-Governance Program in Fiscal Year 2006 or Calendar Year 2006, Wednesday, January 5, 2005, 70 FR 915-02,(PDF) 2005 WL 16108 (F.R.)

SUMMARY: In this notice, the Office of Self-Governance and Self-Determination (OSG) establishes a March 1, 2005, deadline for tribes/consortia to submit completed applications to begin participation in the tribal self-governance program in fiscal year 2006 or calendar year 2006.

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